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- 1/2 Cup sugar
- 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1/4 Teaspoon salt
- 8 Ounces can crushed pineapple, undrained
- 20 Ounces pineapple chunks in its own juice, undrained
- 22 Ounces mandarin orange segments, drained
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 Teaspoons lemon juice
- 8 Ounces orzo, uncooked
- 8 Ounces frozen non-dairy whipped topping, thawed
- 3 Cups miniature marshmellows
- 1/2 Cup sweetened flaked coconut
- 4 Ounces jar maraschino cherries, drained
In a medium saucepan, stir together sugar, flour, and salt. Drain both cans of pineapple, reserving 1 cup of juice. Gradually stir the juice and egg into the sugar mixture.
Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until mixture comes to a boil. Add the lemon juice. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Cook the pasta according to package directions; drain.
Rinse with cold water to cool quickly; drain again. In large bowl, stir the pineapple juice mixture together with the cooked pasta.
Cover; refrigerate several hours or overnight. Add crushed pineapple and chunks to the refrigerated mixtures along with the oranges, 2 cups of the whipped topping, marshmallows, and coconut; mix gently and thoroughly. Cover; refrigerate until cold. Just before serving, top with remaining whipped topping and garnish with the cherries.